I was this close to breaking my lockdown because I was seriously missing my Teas etc Golden Monkey. Then, as I was doing my homework assignments for school, and learning about AIDS in Africa and poverty in India, I checked myself. I have over 70 teas in my cupboard. Surely something could serve as an enjoyable substitute until I have a real need to order tea (I also added you spoiled jerk! but you didn’t need to hear that part!).

So, I packed my tin of this tea along with my lunch. I remember it being really honeyed and sweet, but I had only enjoyed it with milk and sugar, and I take my teas plain at work. This will be an adventure!

I decided to brew it a little under boiling, and steep for three minutes.

My initial thought upon tasting was, “I wish I had some sugar!” and a few sips later, “oooh my tummy! I wish I had a drop of milk!”

I am not a fan of this one plain. It has a roughness that makes my tongue dry and my stomach boil. It is sublime with milk and sugar though! An utterly classic tea! But it does absolutely nothing for me sans additions. Back in my lunch bag it goes, for happy milk and sugar moments at home.

So, no substitute found. But I’m hoping that it will make me all the more ecstatic when I finally get my cupboard into a manageable state, and can get some more Golden Monkey with a clean(ish!) conscience!

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I love to cook, bake, read, paint, knit, do needlework, and garden. I need my coffee, but I LOVE my tea. I work at an Art School, and attend a large public university doing post-bac work (my BA is in English). I’m interested in the liminal spaces between art and craft, the academic and the practical, the individual and community, and the old and the new. I’m currently exploring these ideas through the disciplines of education, literature, history, and psychology.

I enjoy writing tasting notes, but have decided not to numerically rate teas as of 9/14/10. For an explanation, see my looooong tasting note about Mountain Malt from the Simple Leaf.

My favorites:
Chinese black teas
A good “milk and sugar” English style black
Earl Grey (classic, and in all variations!)
Vanilla teas (classic, and in all variations!)
Jasmine, Rose, Violet and other froofy, flowery teas!
An Occasional Oolong
Flavored Rooibos
Herbal Tisanes


Collingswood, NJ



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